[Ibogaine] Re: rant again MAPS and burning man attendees
ptpeet at nyc.rr.com
Mon Aug 8 21:22:52 EDT 2005
>You've forgotten the meetings you've attended Preston ;-) the main
message is that all drug use is abuse and once you're an addict, you
are always a addict.<
Those in Rational Recovery would heartily disagree with you Krista. Yes, I
did get some useful stuff from attending meetings, but in the end, for ME
(I'm speaking ONLY for myself here) they did not much good for me, but for a
few months, they did give me a place to go to vent where there were others
who understood what I was going through, whether they were accepting of me
(and my continued use of methadone) or not.
Personally, I don't like the rooms, but that's just me. For some people,
they are GREAT, and I support ANYTHING that might help just one person to a
happier life, including going to NA/AA/CA/-A meetings, getting on methadone,
taking ibogaine, getting a good source of good heroin (like, living in
Holland or Switzerland or England where they've begun distributing heroin to
addicts- who seem to be improving their lives simply by not having to worry
about chasing their daily fix. It's a wonderful idea, and I fully support
it. I support anything that results in Harm Reduction of any kind.
>In most twelve step meetings you'll have
a hard time finding any acceptance if you are on methadone
maintenance, much less doing hallucinogens.<
Um, as I noted above, some, no, many were not at ALL happy to have me pipe
up with my issues while still taking methadone, as though I was "high" and
not worth listening to. It was very strange to me, and I hated it. It was
one of the main reasons I stopped going- the VERY main reason was because my
sponsor told me that my smoking pot was the reason I kept relapsing every
month or so, and he was not going to call and check up on me anymore and
until I was ready to do things his way and the NA way I was going to
continue to relapse on cocaine. So I stopped going to the rooms and stopped
relapsing on cocaine simultaneously, just because I couldn't stand the idea
that this guy was telling me his way was the only way- something I heared in
the rooms a lot.
NA is fine for some, rotten for others, and I find sayings like, "once
an addict always an addict" extremely disempowering, and a surrender to
addiction actually. At least, for me that is.
I didn't think my reply was unfriendly, only a honest reply from my
heart and soul, and it wasn't meant to offend anyone at all, including Mason
himself, so if you did take offense Mason I didn't mean it that way- I was
only replying to your message honestly and meant no harm. Whatever works for
each person, I heartily support, so long as it doesn't take advantage of
anyone else, or hurt anyone else, or cause undue pain, stress,
ostracization, or indignity to others for their continued drug use or even
abuse. All users are human being deserving of respect and love, unless they
get violent against others- then they deserves whatever they get- for the
VIOLENCE, not the drug use/abuse. I myself do not subscrxibe to any sort of
mandatory treatment programs whatsoever:
Treatment or Jail- Is this Really a Choice? (Published in Disinformation's
"Everything You Know is Wrong", edited by Russ Kick- posted August 29, 2002)
Is mandating drug users into jail really better than putting them in jail?
Is either really doing any good?
Treatment or Jail- Is This Really a Choice?
by Preston Peet
(originally published in Everything You Know Is Wrong-
Disinformation Books, 2002-
edited by Russ Kick)
posted at Drugwar.com August 29, 2002
"Madness is not enlightenment, but the search for enlightenment can easily
be mistaken for madness." --Martin (Asylum 1996-1997)
Some people take drugs to escape difficult life situations. Some take drugs
to assist in treating pain, physical or psychological. Some take drugs
simply to get high. The reasons for taking drugs are legion. But under the
War on Some Drugs prohibition, the US government has given itself the right
to dictate which drugs and highs are acceptable. Now a movement is growing
in the US to push those convicted of drug charges into drug treatment
instead of jail.
Although US jails can be hellish and cruel, a certain percentage of people
willfully continue to get high on any assortment of illicit (and licit)
substances no matter what the law says. So they must be crazy or sick and
therefore in need of behavior modification and mind control. In other words,
While living in Florida in 1987, I was arrested on a misdemeanor charge
completely unrelated to drugs. Sitting in jail unable to make bail, I was
taken from my cellblock one morning to meet with a man from TASC (Treatment
Alternatives to Street Crime). Naïve and unsuspecting, I was open with
him about my drug use, listing all the drugs I had ingested up to that point
in my life. It was a long list.
A week or so later, when I finally got to court, I was stunned when the same
TASC evaluator stood up before the judge and told her I had a "drug problem"
and needed to be placed into treatment. The judge sentenced me to a year of
probation and to successful completion of the TASC program.
I fought it all the way. I was using some drugs then, abusing some others,
and dealing with other problems, as well. I was told that the TASC program
lasted twelve to eighteen months on average and that my probation would not
be finished in twelve months unless I'd graduated from TASC. After a couple
of months in the outpatient treatment program, I was being urine-tested each
week--Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, then Tuesday and Thursday on
alternating weeks. After dodging these testing sessions as much as possible,
and repeatedly trying to fool the tests, marijuana and cocaine turned up in
my urine. I was taken to see the head of the program, who told me he was
notifying my probation officer and would be in court to recommend the
maximum jail time for me, as I was "incorrigible and untreatable."
Basically, he was right. I was, and still am, incorrigible but not
necessarily untreatable. This doesn't mean that I personally want or need
treatment now, nor do I support treatment for others unless it is entirely
voluntary. Under current US War on Some Drugs policies, how often is drug
treatment really voluntary?
The Therapeutic State
"Coerced treatment is an oxymoron. Government intrusion by police and arrest
is anti-treatment. I am not against treatment; I am against
government-compelled treatment," said ACLU Executive Director Ira Glasser at
the Lindesmith Center-Drug Policy Foundation's international drug policy
reform conference. Continuing with a dire prognostication, Glasser said,
"Fusing the police power of the state with medicine corrupts medicine and
makes it a tool of the state. Then we get the therapeutic state and pretend
that is progress. The worst danger is an ever-expanding net of social
control. The 'benevolence' of coerced treatment is a trap. It will allow the
state to define acceptable treatment, and that means abstinence and
Deborah Small, Director of Public Policy and Community Outreach at
Lindesmith-NYC, countered Glasser's statements by asking, "How can you
question anything that gets people out of the living death of prison? We
have to engage with what is actually happening in the criminal justice
system, and coerced treatment is an alternative to incarceration."
I can personally vouch for the fact that jail is not healthy or fun, nor did
spending time inside ever keep me from wanting to get high. When the judge
first mandated me into treatment, I thought it was a far better choice than
a trip through jail. Not by any means do I support incarceration for any
drug offense (which I hadn't been charged with at that time, anyway), but
treatment at that point wasn't better for me. It merely exacerbated my
already high stress levels by focusing on immediately eradicating my drug
use to the exclusion of all else, which I in turn dealt with by doing more
drugs. This was when I first heard that I had a disease called "addiction,"
that I had no control, that all substance use was substance abuse, that any
drug use would lead me straight to jails, institutions, or death. As I
wouldn't accept this, even daring to question these assertions, I was in
"denial." Coerced drug treatment ordered by the court did nothing but
prolong my legal and personal difficulties.
"In thinking about linkages between drug treatment and criminal sanctions,
it is important to distinguish between questions of effectiveness and
fairness," explains a recent report from the National Academy of
Sciences. "Supporters of using the criminal justice system for
therapeutic leverage typically view treatment participation offered to
offenders as an ameliorative device--an opportunity for mitigating the
sentence they would otherwise receive (i.e., probation with treatment is
offered in lieu of incarceration, using the threat of incarceration for
noncompliance). Others worry that programs of mandated treatment will
actually have the effect of increasing the severity of punishment compared
with what the offenders would otherwise have received. As an example,
offenders who otherwise would have been sentenced to traditional probation
could be subject to treatment conditions that create a risk of imprisonment
(for noncompliance) that otherwise wouldn't have existed. Or an offender
whose case might otherwise have been dismissed could be sentenced to
conditional probation. These are classic 'net-widening' concerns, because
they widen the reach and deepen the intensity of punishment. This issue
should be kept in mind in considering research on coerced treatment."
Lock 'Em Up, One Way of the Other
"Because when the smack begins to flow I really don't care anymore, about
all the Jim-Jims in this town, and all the politicians making crazy sounds,
and everybody putting everybody else down, and all the dead bodies piled up
in mounds." --Lou Reed
Reading through the statistics, the numbers of people being arrested and
going on to jail in the US for drug offenses are offensive. At first glance,
it would seem that putting people into treatment programs instead of sending
them to jail with hardened, sometimes violent, predatory criminals simply
makes good sense. At time of this writing (August 2001), the US is about to
surpass one million people arrested for drug offenses this year, with
someone being arrested every 20 seconds. The US is locking up nearly 648
people a day for drug offences. A new report from the US Justice Department
shows the number of adult Americans under "correctional supervision" rose 2
percent in 2000. In the US, federal and state prisoners, plus those on
probation or parole, now number 6.5 million. The federal and state
governments are spending, in 2001, approximately $19 and $20 billion,
respectively, on the War on Some Drugs. As with any war, this means all
kinds of established profit potential in conducting all facets of this war.
With the new push for drug treatment, there comes a lucrative new business
and means of control that can be instituted without giving up the profits
currently pulled in by the War on Some Drugs industries. When announcing his
resignation as head of the White House Office of National Drug Control
Policy (ONDCP), then-US Drug Czar Gen. Barry McCaffrey bemoaned the use of
war terminology in the fight against drug use, saying that perhaps when
discussing the situation in the Andes, "war" is an apt term, but not when
discussing efforts in US cities. This might seem an odd stance for such a
stalwart proponent of US military and law enforcement involvement in waging
the War on Some Drugs, but McCaffrey "agreed" on July 24, 2001, to join the
board of directors at DrugAbuse Sciences Inc., "the world's first
pharmaceutical company worldwide devoted solely to developing medications
for the treatment of addiction." McCaffrey's newfound love of treatment
is now explained.
"DrugAbuse Sciences has the potential to make a historic difference in the
health of Americans through its understanding of treatment and its broad
portfolio of new medications under development," asserted the retired
general. "They have created a company consisting of the leading medical
researchers, clinicians and most exciting new product candidates. This
combination offers the promise of developing highly effective medical
treatment options for addictions. Addiction is a disease that costs our
country over 100,000 lives and over $250 billion per year." Which is
odd, as McCaffrey said only the year before, in July 2000: "Each year 52,000
Americans die from drug-related causes. The additional societal costs of
drug use to the nation total over $110 billion per year."
Spouting spurious numbers to promote and justify repressive (and profitable)
anti-drug policies has been a favorite ploy of prohibitionist Drug Warriors
since President Nixon first uttered his declaration of a War on Drugs in
1968. As related by author Dan Baum, by 1972, "The conservative Hudson
Institute estimated that New York City's 250,000 heroin addicts were
responsible for a whopping $1.7 billion in crime, which was well more than
the total amount of crime in the NATION. 'Narcotics addiction and crime are
inseparable companions,' said presidential candidate George McGovern in a
speech on the Senate floor. 'In 98 percent of the cases [the junkie] steals
to pay the pusher...that translates into about $4.4 billion in crime.'
Senator Charles Percy of Illinois saw McGovern's bid and raised him. 'The
total cost of drug-related crime in the US today is around $10 billion to
$15 billion,' he said.
"In fact, only $1.28 billion worth of property was stolen in the US
in 1972, (the figure had actually fallen slightly from the previous year).
That includes everything except cars, which junkies don't usually steal
because they can't easily fence them, and embezzlement, which isn't a junkie
crime. The combined value of everything swiped in burglaries, robberies, and
muggings, everything shoplifted, filched off the back of a truck, or boosted
from a warehouse was $1.28 billion. Yet during the heroin panic of Nixon's
War on Drugs, junkies would be blamed for stealing as much as fifteen times
the value of everything stolen in the United States." As the original
fallacious numbers bandied about by prohibitionists convinced the nation to
support mass-jailing of druggies, so too do they steer us toward coerced
Is it Really Worth It?
"Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober,
responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and
immature." --Tom Robbins
According to public hearings for "Changing the Conversation: A National Plan
to Improve Substance Abuse Treatment," sponsored by the US Center for
Substance Abuse Treatment: "Over the last decade, spending on substance
abuse prevention and treatment has increased, albeit more slowly than
overall health spending, to an estimated annual total of $12.6 billion in
1996. Of this amount, public spending is estimated at $7.6 billion.... One
of the main reasons for the higher outlay in public spending is the
frequently limited coverage of substance abuse treatment by private
insurers. Although '70 percent of drug users are employed and most have
private health insurance, 20 percent of public treatment funds were spent on
people with private health insurance in 1993, due to limitations on their
If the current "rush to rehab is indeed going to ease our nation away from
the disasters of addiction, we must first determine if treatment indeed
keeps addicts off drugs," notes author and photojournalist Lonny Shavelson
when discussing US treatment efforts, primarily San Francisco's September
1997 plan of treatment on demand for any addict who said he or she was ready
to stop using drugs. "If, as the data seem to show, treatment doesn't
actually keep addicts clean, this new push for rehab will simply become
another dogma-based government strategy doomed to failure.
"Rehab has to work for the hardest-core of the dope fiends--those who create
the vast majority of troubles we've artificially lumped into a single set
phrase: the drug problem. The US Department of Justice has concluded that
only a small percentage of the nation's drug abusers create 'an
extraordinary proportion of crime.' Yet those most destructive addicts are
the least likely to enter or be helped by rehab. This latest push towards
treatment, then, may do nothing more than get the 'better' addicts off
drugs, leaving the hard-core troublemakers still disastrously addicted....
Those hard-core addicts (10 to 20 percent of users) have, depending on your
point of view, either brought on the drug war, or are the tragic casualties
of its battles. But if frenzied addictions are indeed responses to lives
often complicated by irresolute ghetto-poverty or psychological
disturbances, then rehab programs that fail to address these underlying
conditions will barely make a dent in our nation's drug disasters."
Rather than addressing the root causes of hardcore drug abuse, the
prohibitionists have a much easier time directing attention to that most
benign of plants, marijuana. The Office of National Drug Control Policy
estimates the numbers of hardcore drug abusers between 1988 and 1998 at 3.2
million to 3.9 million (cocaine), 630,000 to 980,000 (heroin), and 300,00 to
400,000 (methamphetamine). With these numbers, the Warriors should be
hard-pressed to justify the billions spent on the war--unless they drag pot
into the picture.
"Marijuana is the gateway drug for the growth of state-mandated drug
treatment. This important policy issue deserves greater public scrutiny and
debate," writes Jon Gettman, Ph.D. Admissions for treatment of
adolescent marijuana abuse increased 155 percent, from 30,832 in 1993 to
78,523 in 1998, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services. Total
marijuana admissions increased 88 percent, from 111,265 in 1993 to 208,671
in 1998. Almost half of those admitted to treatment for marijuana abuse were
under the age of 20.
All marijuana arrests increased 84 percent, from 380,689 in 1993 to 698,477
in 1998. Arrests for simple marijuana possession rose by 92 percent, from
310,859 in 1993 to 598,694 in 1998. Out of a reported 208,671 admissions to
treatment for pot use in 1998, slightly more than half (53.4 percent) were
referred by the criminal justice system, all of which goes a long way toward
"explaining a great deal of the increase in marijuana treatment admissions,"
notes Gettman. "Police and drug treatment specialists are caught up in an
economic system. When criminal justice system referrals provide over half of
admissions for treatment of marijuana abuse, it is clear that in this
economic sector arrests move the market. Marijuana can be abused and the
source of dependency, and these problems can be alleviated with medical
treatment. Most debate focuses, with good reason, on whether the actual
abuse liability of marijuana justifies arrest and criminal sanctions. A more
fundamental question though is whether law enforcement and/or judicial
personnel should be making medical decisions and enforcing them with the
power of the state. At what point does the state dictate the treatment as
well as provide the patients?"
The Assassins of Youth
"The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the
impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation." --Pearl S.
"With America's Number One Drug Problem [marijuana] identified as the one
teenagers are most likely to use, and every sneer, slammed door, and blast
of Joan Jett pegged as evidence of a 'drug problem,' the War on Drugs became
a powerful weapon for parents to use in their struggle with their
teenagers," writes Dan Baum about the shift in emphasis by Drug Warriors to
marijuana under Carlton Turner, President Reagan's first Drug Czar, in
September 1981. "Blaming drugs for kids' troubles also worked in wider
society: it obviated concern for 'root causes' and let parents take their
own behavior off the hook. If drugs were, as the Florida pediatrician Ian
McDonald liked to assert, a problem teenager's 'only' problem, then parents
needn't examine their own role in their children's troubles--divorce, career
obsession, neglect- or for that matter failing wages, the need for both
parents to work long hours, and slashed funding for education and
after-school programs. While some nasty kids did have drug problems that
required intervention, the parents of all nasty kids were urged--in magazine
articles, PTA handouts, TV spots, and exhortations from the White House--to
band together and 'fight back.' And in 1982, the most bellicose pro-parent,
anti-child manifesto of them all rocketed up the best seller list: Tough
Saving our children is one of the most oft-quoted justifications given by
rabid anti-drug warriors and supporters for continuing the War. As Arnold
Trebach, chairman of the Trebach Institute, so eloquently put it at the
Saving Our Children From Abusive Drug Treatment conference: "Anything for
the kids. Like the phrase in Vietnam, we had to destroy the village to save
it, some people say I've got to destroy my kid to save it." Scores of
both now-adult and adolescent survivors--whose parents, under the influence
of "Tough Love" philosophy and anti-drug hysteria, forced them into
adolescent drug treatment programs such as Straight Inc., Safe, Kids,
and many more--came together to relate individual experiences of being
beaten, starved, spit on, deprived of sleep, subjected to constant
surveillance, and isolated from schools and communities while in these
so-called treatment programs. They also tried to figure some way to stop
this industry from continuing. Many of these people were forced into
long-term, confrontational drug treatment over minor experimentation with
drugs or natural adolescent rebellious behavior, finding themselves locked
in horrific programs that aim to tear people down and rebuild them as
contributing members of society (as the treatment programs define it).
"During my involvement with the Seed and Straight, extreme physical violence
was not very much a part of the Program," says survivor Ginger Warbis.
"Physical coercion, such as restraint, which sometimes resulted in injury
and forced exercise, were. But these were not everyday occurrences. I don't
think I ever saw more than one person pinned to the floor at a time and very
rarely any obvious and serious physical injury." Until witnessing a severe
incident of terror perpetrated against another Straight inmate, Warbis notes
that, "I knew it was all theatre designed to intimidate and coerce sincere,
internal compliance. I'd thought that eventually we'd each get out one way
or another and either live as good little Straightlings or just shake it
off. But I've come to realize that 1) the very basic thought reform methods
used in these programs are extremely harmful psychologically and emotionally
in themselves and 2) escalation to more extreme physical and psychological
abuse is just about an eventuality under these conditions.
"The most important message that I wanted to deliver [at the conference] is
that many of the most influential people in public policy, the drug war,
juvenile justice and child protective services are big believers in using
these very harmful methods. Some of them, I believe, should be in prison
right now. Others just need a better understanding of what they're
A few parents attending the conference said that having put their children
into a confrontational therapy-based behavior modification program had
"saved their kids' lives."
"I think the parents are sincere. But they're confusing the issue," says
Warbis. "If you'll remember, Brian Seeber [a parent who put his child in
SAFE, yet another drug treatment program for adolescents] talked about how
much his son hated him before and how much he loves him now. They're not
saving their children; they're saving their own egos. They're not aware of
this, though, as they cloister themselves with people who constantly
reassure them that they're right and they demonize all others. I wish I'd
gotten my hands on the mic to answer the question, 'Well, what do we do if
not this?' Basically, there comes a time when you have to realize that, as a
parent, you don't have any guaranteed right to your child's affection.
They're always your babies and you'd do anything to help or protect them;
that never changes. But there comes a time when they're also young adults
who may not want your help or advice or even your company. Whatever you do
you have to respect that, even when you know they're making horrible
mistakes. These people are doing great harm by crushing their children's
egos. If I could find a way to make them understand that, I'd try it on my
mother. I haven't spoken with her in years for just this reason."
Stockbroker Stoney Burke sent his two sons, Scott and David, into treatment
with Teen Help, the umbrella name for a consortium of companies
headquartered in St. George, Utah, that operates behavior modification camps
in the US, Mexico, Western Samoa, Jamaica, and the Czech Republic. According
to a news series by Lou Kilzer, Burke sent Scott into treatment "because
'he was the extreme picture of what you didn't want your kid to be at 13
years old.' He said he sent David 'because he wouldn't stay with me. The
court granted me custody, and he kept running back to his mother. He was not
functioning properly in life.'"
The boys' mother, Donna Burke, is suing Teen Help for its treatment of the
boys while they were at its Tranquility Bay facility in Jamaica, alleging:
"Both are changed from the wonderful, spontaneous young men they were before
Tranquility Bay into robotic victims, afraid of any authority figure. They
have lost their individuality, their spirits are broken, and their
characters ruined. Instead of independent men, they are afraid, haunted by
nightmares, subject to panic attacks and refuse to go anywhere near a
"She may have been thinking, 'Well maybe I'll injure myself, hurt myself,
and that way I can manipulate and get home,'" said Teen Help spokesman Ken
Kay to reporter Kilzer, offering several possible reasons why Valerie
Ann Heron, a 17-year-old Alabama girl, plunged to her death from a
35-foot-high balcony at Tranquility Bay in August 2001. Heron had been taken
against her will from her parents' home at 4:00 AM the previous day by a
Teen Help "transportation team," then shipped to Tranquility Bay, where she
bolted from a room, jumped the balcony, and died. Kay refuses to entertain
the notion that Heron was trying to commit suicide, while simultaneously
acknowledging that Heron was not at Tranquility Bay of her own free will.
"The State Department said it received 'credible allegations' in 1998 of
abuse against American teens at Paradise Cove [Teen Help's facility in
Western Samoa] about the time that Corey Murphy's stay there was coming to
an end," writes Kilzer. Seventeen-year-old Corey committed suicide when
his mother, Laura Murphy, threatened to send him back to Teen Help, where he
previously had been sequestered for 22 months. "'The abuse alleged to have
occurred includes beatings, isolation, food and water deprivation,
choke-holds, kicking, punching, bondage, spraying with chemical agents,
forced medication, verbal abuse and threats of further physical abuse,'
according to a September 1998 State Department cable sent from Washington to
the US Embassy in Apia, Western Samoa. The State Department asked the
Western Samoan government to investigate."
Authorities in Mexico and the Czech Republic raided and closed Teen Help
facilities over allegations of mistreatment and abuse, but Teen Help still
exists, running a booming business elsewhere. They unfortunately are not the
only ones, with scores of these programs continuing to open around the
"Without deviation, progress is not possible." --Frank Zappa
I am not arguing that drug treatment never helps anyone, but I am strongly
asserting that coerced drug treatment by courts and government is not the
answer to incarceration for recreational, or even abusive drug use. In my
own experience, I did eventually come to a point where I felt I could use
help and tried numerous times without success to get myself into one drug
treatment program or another, both medical and non-medical modalities.
Heroin withdrawals are harsh, and while living the life of a street-bound
junkie, I was unable to arrest the cycle of self-abuse on my own. At that
point, my drug use was no longer simply recreational. Maintaining the
financial and physical costs of my habit, inflated beyond all rhyme or
reason by prohibition, was a full-time job. After detoxing more than once,
normally a five-day spell, only to find I couldn't enter immediately into
any sort of long-term treatment facility, I would find myself back on the
streets, homeless, jobless, and soon strung out again. The couple of
long-term residential treatment programs I did experience weren't offering
the help I needed, and I soon left.
Finally, after swearing up and down for years that I would never do so, I
took an opportunity presented to me while in jail on Ricker's Island,
requesting entrance to a methadone maintenance program. Substituting a
legal, officially sanctioned yet much more addictive drug that didn't get me
high for an illicit other that did enabled me to avoid withdrawal symptoms
(until I decided to kick methadone five years later) and remove myself from
contact with the worst of the black-market dope scene.
I was one of the hardcore drug abusers committing petty crimes that Drug
Warrior politicians rant about when allocating ever more taxpayer money to
waging the war. Yet I was not mandated into methadone maintenance; methadone
did nothing to assist my successful attempt to stop using cocaine, nor did I
receive treatment when I kicked methadone. Though still feeding my head on
occasion, I'm no longer abusing drugs nor committing real crimes. There are
undoubtedly some uses and even benefits to be had by drug abusers and those
around them by offering a vast assortment of voluntary treatment options for
drug abusers who desire a change.
Use of illicit drugs is the currently accepted stigma in American society.
It is no longer considered socially proper or politically correct to hate
one's neighbor for their skin color or their sexual preferences (not to say
it doesn't happen), but it is perfectly okay to advocate harsh jail
sentences or behavior modification for those who have an innate "drive to
transcend consensus reality," as Dr. Andrew Weil phrased it.
"Hunger is not volitional. Neither are inebriative instincts and urges,"
says author and researcher Dan Russell. "That's why it is not
controllable by law. It's like trying to control sex by law. It can't be
done, and has never been done. It has to do with the process of enslavement.
When you take a free tribe and enslave it, if you destroy the central
sacrament of its culture, it's how you commit cultural genocide, and how to
Indeed, the War on Drugs has much more to do with controlling culture than
it does with health. Baum writes: "In an article titled 'White House
Stop-Drug-Use Program: Why the Emphasis Is on Marijuana,' the magazine
Government Executive profiled [Carlton] Turner and summarized his views this
way: marijuana, like 'hard-rock music, torn jeans, and sexual promiscuity,'
was a pillar of 'the counter culture.'" Turner was quoted: "'Point is,
illegal, i.e. non-prescription, use of drugs...is not only a perverse,
pervasive plague, though it is that. But drug use also is a behavioral
pattern that has sort of tagged along during the present young-adult
generation's involvement in anti-military, anti-nuclear power, anti-big
business, anti-authority demonstrations; of people from a myriad of
different racial, religious or otherwise persuasions demanding rights or
entitlements politically while refusing to accept corollary civic
While many countries around the world are beginning not only to debate but
also to implement decriminalization and legalization of some drugs, and
while yet others lean toward harm reduction methods to help their hardcore
drug abusers and society at large, US police, courts, and government
continue to dogmatically deem all use of currently illicit drugs, whether
recreational or abusive, to be morally reprehensible and criminal, as well
as a sign of a disease that requires treatment with or without the patients'
cooperation. This is simply dangerous and even, dare I say, un-American.
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36. As of August 2001, Jamaica, Canada, and Great Britain were debating
decriminalizing and even legalizing personal use of marijuana; Spain, Italy,
Switzerland, and Portugal have decriminalized all personal possession drugs;
Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, and Venezuela were calling for rational debate on
regulating the commerce of drugs in order to do away with problems of
violence and corruption, both results of current US-exported War on Some
Drugs policy (which are much more damaging to society at large than any drug
use and dependency). Even nine US states have passed laws allowing the use
of medical marijuana, although the US government is insisting it will
enforce federal anti-marijuana laws anyway, denying even the terminally ill
legal use of marijuana.
37. Germany, Switzerland, and the Nederlands all have safe injection rooms
for heroin, as does Australia. For more information on international harm
reduction methods and implementations, see: <www.harmreduction.org>,
especially the links section.
Peace and love,
"Madness is not enlightenment, but the search for enlightenment is often
mistaken for madness"
ptpeet at nyc.rr.com
Editor "Under the Influence- the Disinformation Guide to Drugs"
Editor "Underground- The Disinformation Guide to Ancient Civilizations,
Astonishing Archeology and Hidden History" (due out Sept. 2005)
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Krista Vaughan" <krista.vaughan at gmail.com>
To: <ibogaine at mindvox.com>
Sent: Monday, August 08, 2005 1:25 PM
Subject: Re: [Ibogaine] Re: rant again MAPS and burning man attendees
For someone whose background is "the rooms" and attends twelve step
meetings, his message was very thoughtful and reasonable. Scary as it
might be to contemplate what he wrote was a open minded version
version of the message that you'll find at nearly all twelve step
meetings. There are different ways to use the steps and many examples
from this list come to mind, but for the most part his thoughts would
be considered enlightened and accepting by "recovery" standards.
You've forgotten the meetings you've attended Preston ;-) the main
message is that all drug use is abuse and once you're an addict, you
are always a addict. By the standards of the twelve steps and our
medical establishment, especially the doctors working specifically
with addiction, what he wrote was a tame and open minded version of
the party line and all the groups he mentioned and grouped together
have in common that they are full of people who do drugs, promoting
the freedom to do all drugs. In most twelve step meetings you'll have
a hard time finding any acceptance if you are on methadone
maintenance, much less doing hallucinogens....
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